Stuck on the Sidelines


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During the Super Bowl, the only women on the football fields will be on the sidelines. Cristen and Caroline highlight historical landmarks of women in sports journalism and American football's troubling tradition of relegating women reporters to the sidelines to serve as on-camera "eye candy."

Episode sources:

"'Hard-Nosed' Sports Reporter, Still Hit On in the Locker Room, Gets CNN Back in the Game" by Gail Shister. Oct. 23, 2013. TV Newser. http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/hard-nosed-sports-reporter-still-hit-on-in-the-locker-room-brings-sports-back-to-cnn_b200705

"'Let Them Wear Towels' -- The Women Who Changed American Sports Forever" by Eleanor Clift. Aug. 10, 2013. The Daily Beast. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/08/10/let-them-wear-towels-the-women-who-changed-american-sports-forever.html

"'A Girl In the Locker Room?!'" by Adrienne Vogt. Newsweek. July 17, 2013. http://mag.newsweek.com/2013/07/17/espn-s-let-them-wear-towels-the-plight-of-the-female-sportswriter.html

"TV's Female Sports Reporters Are Stuck on the Sidelines" by Paul Farhi. Jan. 31, 2009. The Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/30/AR2009013004045.html

"It's Time For Sports Broadcasting to Stop Relegating Women to Sideline Eye Candy" by Anne Doyle. Jan. 21, 2013. Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/sites/annedoyle/2013/01/21/its-time-for-sports-broadcasting-to-stop-relegating-women-to-sideline-eye-candy/

"No Respect For the Women On the Sidelines" by Frank Duford. Sept. 21, 2011. NPR. http://www.npr.org/2011/09/21/140591732/no-respect-for-the-women-on-the-sidelines

"Ignoring the Stereotype -- Women as Sideline Reporters" by Alice Cook. Nov. 15, 2012. She's Game Sports. http://www.boston.com/sports/blogs/shesgamesports/2012/11/ignoring-the-stereotype-women-as-sideline-reporters.html

"Sports Journalism's Beauty Curse" by Isobel Markham. May 24, 2013. The Daily Beast. http://www.thedailybeast.com/witw/articles/2013/05/24/for-women-in-sports-media-beauty-still-the-strongest-currency.html

"Dispatch From the Sidelines -- Or, I've Been Hit By a Field Goal, Spat On, Sweat On and Cried On" by Andrea Kremer. Sept. 06, 2013. WBUR. http://cognoscenti.wbur.org/2013/09/06/football-sideline-reporter-andrea-kremer

"Debating the value of sideline reporters; networks bash Tom Brady" by Richard Deitsch. Sept. 22, 2013. Sports Illustrated. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/more/news/20130922/nfl-media-sideline-reporter-tom-brady-criticism/

"The conversation -- Perceptions of female sideline reporters" by DaShawn Brown. The Association for Women in Sports Media. http://awsmonline.org/conversation-perceptions-female-sideline-reporter/

"Sideline reporter suffered concussion after taking errant pass to the face" by Nick Schwartz. Sept. 01, 2013. USA Today. http://ftw.usatoday.com/2013/09/pam-oliver-suffered-concussion-after-taking-errant-pass-to-the-face/

"Sideline Reporter Showdown -- Power Ranking the 25 Hottest Women in Sports TV" by Zach Pumerantz. Feb. 27, 2012. Bleacher Report. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1082218-sideline-reporter-showdown-power-ranking-the-hottest-25-women-in-sports-tv

Academic insights:

"The Credibility of Female Sports Broadcasters -- The Perception of Gender in a Male-Dominated Profession" by Amanda Gunther, Daniel Kautz and Allison Roth. 2011 Human Communication. http://www.uab.edu/Communicationstudies/humancommunication/01_02_2011_Gunther

"On the Sidelines -- Sex and Racial Segregation in Television Sports Broadcasting" by Barbara Coventry. September 2004. Sociology of Sport Journal. http://journals.humankinetics.com/ssj-back-issues/ssjvolume21issue3september/onthesidelinessexandracialsegregationintelevisionsportsbroadcasting

"Female Sports Journalists -- Are We There Yet? 'No'" by Marie Hardin and Stacie Shain. Fall 2005. Newspaper Research Journal. http://www.newspaperresearchjournal.org/pdf/Hardin.pdf